Meet the Ryder Cup WAGs now allowed to fly to US and support Team Europe

The wives and girlfriends of Team Europe's Ryder Cup side will be allowed to support their partners in America after all.

The 'WAGs', whose presence, who have been an ever-growing presence in recent Ryder Cups, have been granted an exemption from the current US travel restrictions to fly out and watch in Wisconsin at Whistling Straits.

EU and British citizens are currently not permitted to enter America due to coronavirus restrictions but after extensive talks between the US Embassy, PGA and European Tour, the US State department agreed to issue waivers for family of the players.

Padraig Harrington and Co will now be joined by their partners on a charter flight for around 200 people that leaves Heathrow on Monday, before the wives and girlfriends will be formally introduced at the opening ceremony on Thursday.

It's a boost for the players as they bid to retain the Ryder Cup against a star-studded Team USA – and here's a lowdown of some of the partners who will be seen parading the fairways at Whistling Straits next week.

Erica Stoll/Rory Mcllroy:

Remember the miracle in Medinah? Well, meet the woman without whom it may never have happened.

Rory Mcllroy famously overslept on the Sunday and nearly missed his tee-off time for his singles' duel with Keegan Bradley.

Erica Stoll, a PGA employee at the time, helped rescue him from what would have been a humiliating episode, and the police got him to the course before Mcllroy won his match 2&1, helping Team Europe to a sensational 14.5-13.5 win.

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Mcllroy's alarm clock mistake converted into another positive when five years later he married the American on the grounds of Ashworth Castle in Ireland. The couple now have a daughter, Poppy.

Stoll, a keen sailor, has been happy to travel all over the globe to support her husband but isn't one for the spotlight, and keeps a low profile.

Angela Akins/Sergio Garcia:

Anglea Akins' association with golf extends way beyond being married to Sergio Garcia.

The daughter of former Texas Longhorns quarterback Marty Akins, she originally worked as a golf reporter for Fox Sports Southwest and later moved to Florida after landing a job on the Golf Channel.

Indeed, it was through her role at the Golf Channel that she met Garcia, having been previously married to former golfer Ross Hamann.

She's no mug on the course herself, representing the women's team at the University of Texas and her handicap has been as low as three.

The couple married in 2017 and their daughter, Azalea Adele, was born the following year.

Kelley Cahill/Jon Rahm:

Continuing the theme of European players with American wives, Kelley Cahill is regularly seen supporting husband Jon Rahm at tournaments.

The pair have been together since college where they both attended Arizona State University in the United States.

There, Cahill was talented student-athlete and competed as a javelin thrower, and is also said to be a very capable tennis player.

They tied the knot in December 2019, in Bilbao, Spain, and their son Kepa was born shortly before this year's US Masters in April.

Pollyanna Woodward/Paul Casey:

Believe it or not, it was motorsport that brought Pollyanna Woodward and Paul Casey together.

Both has just finalised divorce settlements from their previous marriage when they met at F1 Chequered Flag Ball at 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and became engaged two years later.

The pair have since married and have two children together..

Pollyanna is no stranger to the TV cameras, working as a co-presenter on The Gadget Show from 2010-2013. She has also written columns for How It Works magazine and appeared as a contestant on television show Splash! in 2014.

As a youngster, she competed in Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, and was a top 10 finalist in Miss England.

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Helen Storey/Lee Westwood:

Lee Westwood needs his wife more than anyone in Wisconsin – she's his caddie!

Westwood met the fitness consultant from Newcastle in late 2015, and she first carried his bag at the Made in Denmark tournament prior to the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Their partnership has blossomed in more ways than one in 2021 with Westwood enjoying a stellar year – and to cap it the pair got married.

Helen is also a decent golfer herself, and will be a vital component of her husband's displays in what could be his last Ryder Cup.

Katie Poulter/Ian Poulter

For every Mr Ryder Cup, there's a Mrs Ryder Cup behind him.

Katie was working as a nurse when she met the popular 'Poults' and now the couple live in Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida.

They are married and have four children together, with Katie famously telling her partner they were pregnant as he walked off the course at Royal Birkdale after competing in The Open in 2008.

They did however, face a Twitter backlash in 2014 when multi-millionaire Poulter took to Twitter to moan his nanny had been downgraded on a 10 hour flight, meaning his wife would have to deal with their four children alone.

Mind you, probably easier then dealing with a fired up Poulter in Ryder Cup week.

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